The number of COVID-positive hospital patients in Riverside County continues to drop.
According to the Riverside University Health System, 31 people countywide are hospitalized with coronavirus as of Friday, six less than on Thursday, and that included seven intensive care unit patients, down three from a day ago.
The agency does not provide updated COVID-19 statistics on weekends.
As of Friday, the aggregate number of COVID cases recorded since the public health documentation period began in March 2020 was 300,929, according to RUHS.
The agency said a total 4,616 deaths from virus-related complications have been recorded in the past 14 months, including two more on Friday.
The number of known active virus cases countywide was 808, down 38 from the previous day. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 300,929 — according to the county Executive Office. Verified patient recoveries countywide are 295,505.
The county’s COVID positivity rate is 1.3%, down from 1.5% the previous week, while the state-adjusted case rate is 2 per 100,000 residents, based on a rolling seven-day average, compared to 2.5 per 100,000 last week.
According to health officials, the California Department of Public Health has drafted new guidelines that are expected to take effect on June 15, when the governor’s statewide tier assignment system under the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” framework is slated to end.
The county entered the orange tier seven weeks ago, removing some operational barriers for private and public entities. The county had been in the red tier since March 16, after five months in the most restrictive purple tier.
Most distancing and capacity limitations will be rescinded on June 15, with a few restrictions continuing for “mega events,” defined as indoor concerts with 5,000 or more people, and outdoor gatherings with 10,000 or more attendees, officials said.
More than 2 million SARS-Cov-2 vaccine have been administered countywide since December.
The county began offering immunization services to homebound individuals two weeks ago. Officials estimate roughly 3,000 residents might need the service, which is free. Anyone who wishes to make an appointment for a home visitation was asked to use the web portal myturn.ca.gov/, or call 833-422-4255.
People who are not homebound must continue to use the county website to make an appointment: www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine. Or they may call the county’s 211 help line.
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